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I've been wanting to read this book for quite a while. Finally I see it's available in audiobook form and I buy it! Oh my gosh, I don't mean to be unkind but I hope they didn't actually pay the person who narrated it.
Mispronunciations: Auschwitz is pronounced "Oss-witch." Erascible is pronounced "Ee-rask-able." Barbara Tuchman's last name is pronounced "Touch-man." I could go on and on.
Accents: He starts out giving the French people Russian accents until I realize that is his idea of a French accent. However, he keeps his own American accent when reading British voices. I'm only about a quarter of the way through, but I think he has given up doing doing accents altogether.
Foreign Languages: I am no expert on correct pronunciations of French or German words, but I *think* he is murdering them too.
Sound Quality: Generally, the sound quality is poor; it sounds like this had been recorded in a broom closet. And when a correction is 'punched in' - that is, a phrase or sentence is re-recorded later on - it sounds so different as to sound like a different narrator in a different studio.
I was so glad to see this book was available in audiobook format, I made the mistake of buying it without reading the reviews first. I am sorry for that.
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If you could sum up The Vertigo Years in three words, what would they be?
Panoramic view of early 1900's
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vertigo Years?
Connections between culture changes, social changes, political changes and world historic events
Have you listened to any of Joel Richards’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
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Any additional comments?
Goes very well with Fracture, by the same author
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